|Trail Features:||Waterfalls, Lakes, Scenic views|
|Trail Location:||Swiftcurrent Pass Trailhead|
|Roundtrip Length:||4.2 Miles|
|Total Elevation Gain:||285 Feet|
|Avg. Elev Gain / Mile:||136 Feet|
|Highest Elevation:||5145 Feet|
|Trail Difficulty Rating:||4.77 (easy)|
|Parking Lot Latitude||48.79763|
|Parking Lot Longitude||-113.67854|
The hike to Redrock Falls begins from the Swiftcurrent Pass Trailhead in Many Glacier. The trailhead is located at the far end of the parking area for the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn at the end of Many Glacier Road.
Roughly one-third of a mile from the normally crowded parking lot you’ll reach a side trail that leads to the first destination on this hike, Fishercap Lake. It’s a very short walk to the lake, less than a hundred yards. Although some might bypass this gem, it’s well worth the short side trip, as the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains are quite stunning. There’s a very nice beach area that makes for a great picnic spot, or even a nice short hike to take small kids. Fishercap Lake is also a good place to spot a moose, especially in the mornings and early evenings.
At roughly 0.8 miles the trail passes through a long stretch of aspens growing alongside the path, making this trail an excellent choice for a fall hike when the leaves change to golden yellow and orange.
For the most part the trail travels under the canopy of the forest, however, there will be several open areas along the way that provide outstanding views of the surrounding mountains. You’ll also pass through quite a few patches of thimbleberries and huckleberries that provide for some tasty snacks when in season. Although this is a very popular trail, hikers should still make plenty of noise in order to warn any bears that might be around that you’re in their territory.
At 1.7 miles you’ll reach Redrock Lake, the second destination on this hike. The views from the lake are simply beautiful. You’ll have commanding views of 8851-foot Mt. Grinnell and Swiftcurrent Glacier towards the southwest. Almost directly west of you is 8436-foot Switftcurrent Mountain. If you look closely at the very top of the mountain you may be able to spot the fire tower.
On the opposite side of the lake, sitting below Mount Grinnell, is Redrock Falls.
From here the trail proceeds along the northern shore of the lake. As you make your way around to the far western shore you’ll pass some interesting red rock formations that provided the inspiration for the naming of the lake and falls.
At just over 2 miles hikers will reach an unmarked split in the trail. Walking a short distance on the left fork will lead you to the lower falls.
Redrock Falls is actually a series of cascades, and in my opinion, one of the more impressive waterfalls in Glacier National Park. Upon arrival at the lower falls you’ll notice several small side trails, or social trails, that lead to various vantage points that offer views of the lower and upper falls. It’s well worth the relatively easy scramble if you’re looking for some great photographic opportunities.
After returning back to the main trail you'll have the option of continuing for a short distance to view the highest falls in the series, with Swiftcurrent Mountain providing for the perfect scenic backdrop.
The hike to Redrock Falls is an outstanding hike. Since it’s relatively short and relatively flat, this is an excellent choice for a really great hike for the entire family. If you still have the energy you can continue your hike to visit Bullhead Lake further up the valley. This would add another 3 miles and only a hundred feet of climbing to your overall hike.